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Why do we host the Early Childhood STEM Institute?

What fun it is — learning how to teach young children about science, technology, engineering, and math! George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” And so, teaching  STEM concepts to the very young is a strategy that will reap huge rewards for the future, while serving as a fun, engaging activity in the present.

From birth, children show interest in learning about the world around in many ways. STEM experiences foster a child’s natural curiosity and build their understanding through inquiry-based experiences. From skill-building in daily routines and play to exploration and collaboration activities, children are drawn and celebrate the WHYs of early years.  Playing games, exploring with friends, and testing their intuitive theories about the world, STEM brings about multisensory experiences to better grasp concepts and ideas.

Efforts to improve STEM in early childhood programs and more widely in U.S. schools both inside and outside the classroom has long been a challenge.  Adequate training of early education teachers in STEM concepts is essential to get a head start on STEM education. National Science Teachers Association recognizes the value and importance of nurturing young children’s curiosity and recommends that teachers and other providers who support the learning of science in young children be given professional development experiences.

R9HSA’s Early Childhood STEM Institute is focused on bringing our community a fun and engaging experience to learn science principles in an interactive, hands-on approach, enabling Head Start education staff to teach about science principles appropriately and knowledgeably.

For 2022, our theme is  Educators as Seekers. The 2022 Early Childhood STEM Institute will focus on educators’ discovery and love of science knowledge, technology innovations, engineering creativity, and math reasoning to nurture young learners and their families. We believe in the power of scientific knowledge to ensure school success and beyond. Our emphasis will be to strengthen the STEM identity of all staff working in programs Birth – Age 5, including Home Visitors, Family Child Care partners, Teachers and Managers.  Together we will inspire our next generation of STEM advocates.


A three-day virtual institute providing the following learning formats:

  • Morning Special Sessions – live
  • General Sessions – 60 minutes, live
  • Learning labs – 90 minutes,  live
  • Education sessions – 60 minutes, live
  • Education sessions (Spanish) – 60 minutes, pre recorded
  • Knowledge Builders/sponsored sessions – 45 minutes, pre-recorded


Virtual & On-Demand


March 21-23, 2022

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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